Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

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Germany Expected To Put Right-Wing AfD Under Surveillance For Violating Constitution

Friday, January 22, 2021

Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has wrapped up a two-year investigation into the Alternative for Germany. The party's far-right branch is already under surveillance.

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Merkel's Political Party Picks Armin Laschet As New Leader

Monday, January 18, 2021

Angela Merkel has been one of Germany's most popular leaders. She's stepping down at the end of this year. Over the weekend, her party chose a new leader and possible successor to her.

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A Look At Global COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Countries are taking a variety of approaches to their mass COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. NPR's international correspondents discuss the results in Germany, Israel and Brazil.

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After Poisoning, Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Vows To Return To Russia

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Alexei Navalny said he has purchased a Sunday plane ticket to return to Moscow. He has spent months in Germany recovering from nerve agent poisoning.

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U.S. Allies React To Breach Of U.S. Capitol By Pro-Trump Extremists

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists has shocked America's allies, and prompted denunciations. They've called it an assault on democracy, and urged a peaceful transfer of power.

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Europeans Criticize The Slow Start To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout In EU

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

There's growing concern in Germany about the slow start to the campaign. German politicians blame EU leaders for moving too slowly, and for wanting to control the rollout for its 27 member states.

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Germany To Extend Lockdown As COVID-19 Deaths Continue To Rise

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

While daily new infections have declined somewhat, more than 1,000 Germans are dying per day. All 16 German states are in favor of keeping restrictions in place.

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Poland's Government Tightens Its Control Over Media

Monday, January 04, 2021

Critics say the ruling party overhauled public media to serve as a mouthpiece, and a state-backed oil refiner's purchase of a newspaper chain brings more outlets under party loyalist control.

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Europe And China Approve Landmark Investment Treaty, Snubbing U.S.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The European Union concluded the deal with China after seven years of negotiations. Last week, the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden had urged the EU to wait.

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EU Ends Standoff, Moves Forward With Budget And Coronavirus Relief Fund

Friday, December 11, 2020

Poland and Hungary had blocked the EU budget over a provision requiring each member nation to uphold the bloc's rule-of-law principles. The two nations are under investigation for not doing so.

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With Far-Right Extremism On The Rise, Germany Investigates Its Police

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Whether it's officers participating in neo-Nazi chat groups or hoarding ammunition to prepare for a doomsday scenario, extremism is a persistent problem among those who enforce the law in Germany.

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After Trump, Europe's Populist Leaders Will Have 'Lost One Of Their Cheerleaders'

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Leaders of nations like Poland, Slovenia and Hungary are having a hard time accepting that President Trump lost the election. Joe Biden says he is committed to rebuilding ties with the European Union.

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Europe's Populist Leaders Have A Hard Time Accepting Trump Loss

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Strongmen leaders in Eastern Europe have lost a powerful ally in Donald Trump, and his election loss threatens to isolate them even more.

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Germany Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases As Merkel Warns Of 'A Tough Winter'

Saturday, November 28, 2020

With the daily number of new infections hovering around 20,000, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans this week that her government may move to extend restrictions into the new year.

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Berlin Police Disperse Anti-Lockdown Protesters With Water Cannons

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thousands of demonstrators, most without masks, had gathered in a tightly packed crowd at the city's Brandenburg Gate, objecting to government measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Facing Trump Pressure, EU Invested More In Own Defense. Will It Continue With Biden?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The last four years under President Trump encouraged Europe to be more independent of the U.S. Now that pressure might relax, given the prospect of a friendlier relationship with Washington.

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Hungary And Poland Block EU Budget With Pandemic Relief Funds For Hard-Hit Nations

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The two Eastern European countries are in a long-running dispute with the European Union over their consolidation of state power and restrictions on free speech and an independent judiciary.

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Polish Women Continue Protesting A Court Decision To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In Poland, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest further abortion restrictions. Demonstrations provoked a rare climbdown, but the relief may be only temporary.

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World Leaders React To Biden Win

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Reactions to the election results have been pouring in from world leaders. NPR correspondents speak on what a Joe Biden presidency means for American foreign policy.

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Schools In Germany Remain Open Amid A New Lockdown

Friday, November 06, 2020

A week into a lockdown, Germany is still hoping to cut a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Meanwhile, many German states have decided to keep schools open.

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